February 24, 2015

Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens





About THOUGHTFUL
In Thoughtless, Kiera told her story. Now it's time to hear from the sexy rock star who captivated us all . . .
The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything . . . Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction . . . until Kiera's own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won't let Kiera go without a fight.

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My Review

I don’t think there has been or ever will be another rocker that owns my heart like Kellan Kyle. I still remember all the things I felt while reading Thoughtless. Whether you love or hate it, you have to give credit when I book completely owns you. Thoughtless completely owned me, so while I was terrified to start this one knowing what was going to happen I am glad I did! As I tell my friends, how can you pass up the chance to be in Kellan’s head!

This review will be a little different since I am assuming if you are reading it you have read Thoughtless, if not please stop since there will be spoilers for the Thoughtless Series. Thoughtful is Kellan’s side of the story and honestly it was so much harder to read. Where Kiera was indecisive and sometimes insensitive, Kellan was heartbreaking.

My favorite thing about the male POV is seeing how they felt in situations. I love getting into a guys head, I when I read how Kellan reacted to Kiera I was in love. After reading the trilogy, living through the angst, heartache, and tears it is nice to know that there was always something embedded in these two where they were destined to be together regardless.


I know that Kellan was open with Kiera, but reading how he felt when she first walked in. Knowing that his reaction was so much more than a physical reaction means something to me. I know a lot people don’t believe in things like this, but I do. I believe in having a feeling without even knowing why. While I really enjoyed knowing and seeing Kellan’s feelings up front it made for a difficult read, here’s why.

Throughout the story we are privy to parts of Kellan’s childhood. As you know, his childhood was difficult and ugly, but actually reading some of these scenes just messed me up. Mainly because you see that he carried that stuff into his adult life, his feelings of self worth and self doubt are devastatingly sad.

"For the first time in a long time, I was looking at someone who saw me. Not the rock star, not the playboy, but me. The real me."

That brings me to why this book was so hard to read. First, I love Kellan and while in real life I don’t condone cheating, nor am I an advocate of it, when I read Thoughtless I was screaming “just do it already” - yes I was immediately Team Kyle. So to read Thoughtful and see that her refusal hurt more than his ego and pride, killed me. To see that Kellan was mistreated his whole life, never shown love or affection. Then to know his desire for something real..ugh…bring on the tears.


I also thoroughly enjoyed getting to see the sexy sneaking around moments from Kellan’s POV, because let’s be honest Kellan Kyle is a ROCK STAR in and out of the bedroom. I love sneaking around, forbidden love, in books and I enjoyed seeing how Kellan planned moments and how they effected him.


Above everything else I loved their love for each other. What can I say, I am sucker for an happy ever after. In the end, things felt complete for me. Seeing both sides, understanding where both people are coming from,it was a full circle moment.


So my final rating is 4 - 4.5 because there are moments of love, moments of extreme heartache, and moments of rage in this story. Regardless of all that any book that can make me feel so many things is a good book in my opinion. The only reason I can’t give this book a full 5 stars is because there were moments when the story felt long and redundant. However, I do recommend this book, for sure, for readers who loved the trilogy - you really cant pass this one up!

You’ll be in my mind every second of every day. I can promise you that. 

ARC kindly provided by Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


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Excerpt


Determined to stop thinking, to just go with whatever happened, I dipped my finger into my drink and wet the backs of our hands. Kiera watched every move I made as I shook some salt over our hands. When she made no move to drink her shot, I broke the ice and took mine so she’d feel more comfortable about doing this with me. My throat was numb from doing Jäger shots all night, so it didn’t even burn. It burned for Kiera though.


Her tongue came out to lick the salt off her hand, her mouth opened to receive her drink, and her lips curled around the lime, squeezing its juices. It was an erotic thing to watch. Then her face twisted into a grimace. I chuckled at her reaction, then poured us another round.

The second shot went down easier for her. The third was even easier. We didn’t talk, just drank. And the more alcohol she consumed, the hungrier her eyes became. She was staring at me as tenaciously as the women in the bar did. I did my best to ignore it, but it was difficult to do…I wanted her to look at me like that. I wanted to look at her like that. But I wasn’t about to make any assumptions on what was going to happen tonight. We were just two friends sharing a drink. Two single friends who had almost shared a lot more recently…

By the fourth shot, the alcohol was getting to me. I spilled the tequila trying to pour it in those tiny little glasses. I laughed as I almost dropped the lime from my mouth. I was way beyond buzzing now.
On the fifth shot, everything changed. Just as I was bending down to lick the salt from my skin, Kiera took my hand and ran her tongue over the back of it. She was soft, wet, warm, and felt amazing on my sensitive body. I wanted her to keep doing it, but she pulled back to drink her tequila shot. When she placed her wedge of lime between my lips, my heart sped up. Was she…?

She was. Her mouth reached up to connect with mine. Our lips pressed together as she sucked on the lime. All I could taste was lime and her. It was an intoxicating combination. But it wasn’t nearly satisfying enough. I needed more.

My breath felt strained when Kiera pulled away. Ragged. She teasingly removed the lime from her mouth and set it on the counter. When she seductively licked her fingers, my resolve evaporated. I suddenly didn’t give a shit what we’d been before, or who we’d been with. I didn’t care if she’d dated Denny—that seemed like a long-past memory at the moment. I didn’t care about Evan’s warnings, my regrettable experience with bedding roommates, my promise to Denny to stay away, or my own decision to not cross that uncrossable line. Kiera kissed me. She wanted me. And fuck, I wanted her too.

I took my shot of tequila straight, slammed the glass on the counter, then pulled her back to my mouth, where she belonged.

Our lips moving together felt better than I had imagined. There was so much eager, pent-up passion, I felt like we were both going to burst into flames. I couldn’t get enough of her. My hand on the back of her neck tightened, drawing her in even closer. My other hand found the small of her back. Perfection.

About S.C. Stephens






S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.  In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.  She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Q&A with S.C. Stephens


Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? 

My very first editor told me to use adverbs sparingly. I’m still working on that one.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? 

I’ve always had the desire to write, but no real story to tell until Thoughtless. But it probably wasn’t until my fourth or fifth book that I realized I wanted to write full-time. 

Do you have any favorite book boyfriends of your own? 

Edward Cullen will always be my favorite book boyfriend. Sigh. I love him.

Tell us about the cover process. Is this what you had in mind? 

Yes! I had several ideas that I thought would work well for the book, but I really wanted something with the car. I was so excited that Forever was able to find a Chevelle and make that happen! 

Would the 10 year-old version of yourself kick your butt or praise you for what you've accomplished in life? 

A little of both, I think. But mostly praise. I’ve accomplished more than I ever imagined I would, and no matter what happens from here on out, I’m very proud of what I’ve done. 




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